Ossessione (1943)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy, 1943.  Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane.  Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Santis, Gianni Puccini, based on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by Domenico Scala, Aldo Tonti.  Produced by Libero Solaroli.  Music by Giuseppe Rosati.  Production Design by Gino Franzi.  Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing … More Ossessione (1943)

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Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

BBB (out of 5) The beginnings of Italy’s risorgimento is the setting of this plush period piece, an early starring vehicle for Alida Valli.  She, a humbly-born young woman, wins the heart of a dreamy, revolution-bent aristocrat (Massimo Serato) who defies his marchesa grandmother and marries beneath his class. The two become subversives whose lives … More Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

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